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Upcoming Workshops:

August 14, 2018
"Sentimental Immunity: the Animal Poem"
at Bookworks, 6:00 p.m.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
as part of the free Wingbeats Workshop series

Recent Workshops:

June 9, July 14, August 11, 2018
Three Approaches to Structuring a Poem
Albuquerque, NM
The June 9 session covered the ironic structure.
The July 14 session covered the concessional structure.
The August 11 session covered the descriptive-meditative structure.

May 26, 2018
Haiku Workshop/Ginko Walk
Haiku workshop with Dale Harris/Ginko walk with Scott Wiggerman
at the Open Space Visitor Center
10:00-11:30 a.m.

May 8, 2018
"Tell It Slant: The Extended Metaphor"
at Bookworks, 6:00 p.m.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
as part of the free Wingbeats Workshop series

April 28, 2018
"Description to Meditation: The Emblem Structure for Organizing a Poem"
Albuquerque, NM
as part of the NMSPS State Convention

June 30, 2017
"Words at the Speed of Sounds"
at the Hilton Hotel, 9:15 a.m.
Fort Worth, Texas
as part of the NFSPS Convention

April 8, 2017
"Haiku Is More Than Counting Syllables"
at the North Domingo Baca Center, 12:30 p.m.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
as part of the NMSPS ABQ chapter meeting

March 14, 2017
"Aping the Masters"
at Bookworks, 6:00 p.m.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
as part of the free Wingbeats Workshop series

August 23, 2016
"The Postcard Poem"
at Bookworks, 6:00 p.m.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
as part of the free Wingbeats Workshop series

July 17-22, 2016
"Something Bold, Something New: Best Poetry Exercises from a Decade of the Writers' Retreat"
for the 10th annual Writers' Retreat
at Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX,
sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas

June 28, 2016
"The Manipulated Fourteen-Line Poem"
at Bookworks, 6:00 p.m.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
as part of the free Wingbeats Workshop summer series

January 19, 2016
"Writing the Bad Sonnet"
at Bookworks, 7:00 p.m.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
as part of the Wingbeats II Workshop series

January 9, 2016
"Starting with Something: The Golden Shovel"
at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 12:30 p.m.,
Albuquerque, New Mexico,
for the New Mexico State Poetry Society/ABQ Chapter

October 21, 2105
"The Persona Poem"
for the Dos Gatos Press Wingbeats II workshop series
at Bookworks in Albuquerque, NM.

July 18-23, 2015
"Radical Re-visioning for Poets"
for the annual Writers' Retreat
at Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX,
sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas

April 18, 2015
"Writing the Bad Sonnet"
at Poetry at Round Top, 11:00 a.m.,
Round Top, Texas

December 20, 2014
"Tell It Slant: Extending the Metaphor"
at 8863 Anderson Mill Road, Suite # 114, Austin TX 78729, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
for the Austin Poetry Society's December meeting

October 4, 2014
"Slinkies, Lies, and Words at Work & Play: Three Quick Exercises from Wingbeats II"
at the Georgetown Public Library, 9-10 a.m.
as part of the Georgetown Poetry Festival.

September 14, 2014
"The Incredible Shrinking Poem"
for the Feminist Poetry Festival
at Link & Pin, 2235 E. 6th St #102, Austin, 2-3:30 p.m.

August 2-8, 2014
"One-Week Exercise Program: New Exercises from Wingbeats II"
for the annual Writers' Retreat
at Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX,
sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas

June 28, 2014
"Jump-Start Exercises to Get Writing Flowing"
at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin
10:15-11:00 a.m. in the Hill Country Rooms A&B (first floor)
in conjunction with the 2014 WLT Agents' Conference.

April 5, 2014
"Writing the Bad Sonnet"
for the Austin International Poetry Festival
Austin, TX
10:30 a.m.-noon
This was from my exercise that will appear in the forthcoming Wingbeats II.

March 26, 2014
Baylor University's House of Poetry
at Baylor University in Waco, TX
8:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Poet Anne McCrady and I presented readings and workshops on poetry as hypertext and extending the metaphor.

July 21-26, 2013
"One-Week Exercise Program: Forms, Formulas, and More"
for the annual Writers' Retreat
at Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX,
sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas

May 18, 2013
"Four Poems in Two Hours" for the
first annual Feminist Poetry Fest
Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas

March 9, 2013, and March 23, 2013
"Poetic Effects: Words at the Speed of Sound"
Marble Falls Library, 101 Main St., Marble Falls, TX
Wimberley Village Library, 400 FM 2325, Wimberley, TX

May 18, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

July 22-27, 2012
Flex & Stretch: A One-Week Exercise Program for Writers
Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas

May 4, 2012
Four Poems in Two Hours
Poetry @ Round Top Festival, Round Top, Texas, at Festival Hill
2:00-4:00 p.m.

This workshop focused on four exercises from Wingbeats, the best-selling book at the Festival this year!

April 21, 2012
Sound, Sense, & Selectivity: How a Poem Is Crafted
Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, Prothro Center, Room 147
9:00 a.m.-noon

April 2, 2012
Arranging the Words within Us
Austin, Texas, at the Hampton Branch of the Austin Public Library
7:00-8:30 p.m.

January 14 & January 21, 2012
Six Approaches to Structuring a Poem
Austin, Texas at the Writing Barn

July 25-29, 2011
Working Out Your Writing Muscles: A One-Week Exercise Program
Alpine, Texas

I'm looking to book further Wingbeats workshops; let me know if you're interested. Other workshops I'm available for include To Market, To Market: Publishing Poetry, several variations of Jump-Start Your Poetic Engines, Tips and Tricks to Writing a Sonnet, Poetic Collaborations, the week-long Poetry 101: The Basic Toolbox, and the week-long Poetic Forms for Today's Poets. All are reasonably priced workshops geared toward working and struggling poets. Email me for further information, costs, and travel expenses (address at bottom of screen).

Here are a few unsolicited comments from students over the years:

On the Radical Re-visioning for Poets weeklong workshop in Alpine:

"I will definitely be recommending the class to anyone who will listen!" Kathryn Culpepper

"You are an amazing poet/teacher/facilitator and you made it a safe environment for someone like me. Scott I am a professional facilitator on business topics and have seen the best and the worst and do not give this praise freely., you are damn good... not good... but damn good!" Kenneth Mory

"I am still marinating in all the creativity and encouragement. Looking forward already to next year." Lucy Griffith

On the Forms, Formulas, & More weeklong workshop in Alpine:

"The workshop has changed how I write and how I think about writing." Ann Shaw

"It was an amazing week. Donít think Iíve ever learned so much in five days time! A big thank you to all and especially Scott for all your hard work and patience on our behalf." Patricia Bigelow

"Your class was everything I had hoped and more. I enjoyed myself immensely and learned much. Thank you. You are an excellent instructor." Ann Howells

"Thank you so much for the very hard work you invested in our workshop. I feel so much more comfortable about various forms in poetry because of your most effective organization, examples, and opportunities to 'try' those forms. And equally important, your gracious encouragement and acceptance of our efforts made our efforts and our sharing enjoyable instead of intimidating." Charlotte Renk

On the Six Structures workshops at the Writing Barn:

"I gained so much from your presentation, the variety of examples, and the chance to start some poems. I can really say it's one of best workshops I've attended." Gloria Amescua

"I got a lot out of the workshop, some of which I'm sure I'll be processing for a while. Thank you for your highly organized and meticulously detailed presentation--I have new standards for my own future workshops now thanks to you." ire'ne lara silva

On the Working Out Your Writing Muscles workshop in Alpine:

"What a week! I have attended many writing workshops in the last ten years (since I began trying to re-invent myself as a poet & writer), all the way from Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, New Mexico to the University of Iowa Writers Workshop to Paul Burka's courses at Trinity in SA, and I can candidly say the one this past week was the best one, the most productive, the most inspiring, I have ever attended. That's the truth." Dorothy Alexander

"We stayed in Alpine for a few days to sightsee and I have to admit that I was constantly seeing something that inspired a poem. I ended up with more pages of scribble-drafts, thus hours of revision that I am actually looking forward to. One night while I was walking, I was thinking about how great all the Alpine workshops have been but that after Scottís, I would not even consider not coming again." Christine Wenk-Harrison

On the Putting the Creative in Creative Writing workshop in Alpine:

"I wanted to thank you again for a great week. I really got a lot out of it and, quite unexpectedly, find that I like writing poetry. If the class had been entitled Putting the Creative in Creative Poetry Writing I'm certain I would have passed on it. And that would have been a huge mistake." John Doherty

"I wanted to thank you for an incredibly inspiring workshop. I really appreciated how much effort you put into preparing it. I hope I can continue to feel inspired now that I'm back in the chaos of my life. I like the sound of the word chaos, but not so much the meaning of it! Fortunately, you've given me a lot of ways to stay inspired." Leslie Stevens

On the Well-Seasoned Sonnet workshops:

"It was just the best. Pushed me well beyond my comfort zone and that always does me good. Thank you so much, Scott. I look forward to hearing about any other classes you teach. Count me in!" Mary Lynn Stafford

"You opened a whole new world for me! Something can be said for ignorance is bliss. More can be said for becoming aware of an unexpected present and future of shared learning, participation, friendship, and FUN! I enjoyed all of our class exercises and exchanges." Claire Camargo-Vogel

"What a great learning experience. I got everything I had hoped for from the class and more." Karen Foster

On the Jump-Start Your Creative Engines workshops:

"I have to thank you for being a pivotal influence in my life. I never dreamed I would get so much out of your workshop. I have not shared writings in a forum before, or had as much enthusiastic response as this group experience afforded me. And you are the brilliance behind the catalog of tools I now have to help me unlock the voice within. I will feel forever indebted to you and the energy you put into bringing me out of the shadows, and into a new light." Melissa Greenwell

"What a fantastic workshop! Well organized, PLENTIFUL and provocative. When I do community workshops, I tend to fear that I am talking down to adult artists and so don't bring so much. You showed me more than just a big marvelous bunch of creative ideas! I cannot thank you enough." Katherine Durham Oldmixon

"Not only did you turn on my inner poet but you also gave me realistic and yet encouraging advice! I loved the workshop. I also loved that you were able to have us participate but it felt nonthreatening. I usually get a little nervous when I have to read something I wrote in a group of strangers but you managed to make it feel safe. Thanks for that!" Melinda Brinkley

On other classes and workshops:

"I have been very impressed with your class. You are an excellent teacher. I have learned a lot from your class. People have made several comments about how much my poetry has improved. I know that it's because of what I've learned in your class. Thank you so much for being here for all of us." Cindy Zilinek

"I have had, in one form or another, eleven creative writing teachers/workshop leaders. And you have been the best teacher of them all. Your insights and the time you give to your students are simply phenomenal. Whatever you're getting paid, it isn't enough..." Mark Cohen

"I probably have every poetry writing book known to man--and Scott's lessons are better than any of my books--by far." Kathleen McCormick

Am I thrilled to hear such remarks? You bet!